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new jersey. someone in the studio may have won. >> definitely not the three of us. the winning numbers in case you need them $17, $29, $31, $52, $53, and the powerball number, 31. there's an apb out in new jersey. >> who holds that winning ticket? >> we have a lot to get to, including amanda knox. it's been a year and a half since her murder conviction was overturned by an elgtsian court, but her legal problems there may not be over. we're going to tell you why. >> kwa beeneth paltrow is facing criticism for her must-haves for spring. some say the fashion suggestions are a clear sign she is out of touch with real women. >> like the price tag on those suggestions. >> plus, a few weeks ago we told you about a homeless man who found a diamond engagement ring in his change cuff and he returned it to its grateful owner. that one good deed completely changed his life. he will be here to tell us all about it. >> looking forward to that. we begin, though, this morning with that early spring snowstorm
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rolling across the country. we are keeping you very busy, phyllis. >> this weather is just relentless. good morning, ereka. good morning, everyone. parts of the midwest from wichita, kansas, all the way to indianapolis are seeing more heavy snow this morning as we deal with the winter weather that doesn't want to end. >> on i-25 near johnston, colorado, a fiery collision between a tanker truck and a car. >> looks like the propane was caught on fire with people. you can't even describe what it looked like. you can't even describe it. >> reporter: along with it a massive pile-up. >> four or five semis and, like, 40 cars. truck drivers on the road, it's tough. i never see anything like this. >> reporter: one wrecked vehicle was pulled after another out of the tangled pile of steel. several people were hospitalized, but police say though one was killed. >> it's the worst thing i have ever seen. >> down the road heading to
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denver, about eight inches of snow clogged the streets creating a giant travel headache. are from there the storm headed east, essentially following the famous i-70 across the midwest. in wichita, kansas, the temperature dropped overnight making sure the snow would hang around today. again in topeka, it was a bitter night with snowy conditions shutting down many major roads, including stretches of i-70. and going into kansas city, a chilly blanket of snow fell over the streets. today the storm is still baring east bringing another unwelcomed blast of winter weather. >> we are looking at a lot of snow to continue through parts of especially indianapolis today. that is going to be a spot where we'll see the jackpot for highest snowfall totals. you can see the winter storm warnings extend all through the plains and into the midwest. heavy snow is now falling across kansas city. this is going to move towards st. louis. eventually up into parts of the chicago area and indianapolis will see that heavy snow take hold.
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especially a little later this morning into this afternoon. then watch what happens as this moves eastward. we are going to see an area of low pressure develop off the mid-atlantic coast. that means all snow for new york city tomorrow, and we could end up with about one to three inches. indianapolis will most likely pick up more than a foot of snow out of this whole storm system and from st. louis and into parts of central indiana we could end up with about six to nine inches of snow, but, again, the mid-atlantic is not escape this one with about three to six inches possible in some parts of new jersey and interior parts of the mid-atlantic. erica. >> i wish i could say this was great, but i don't feel that way about it. >> every report ends with really? >> and we'll wree re-mind everyone don't shoot the messenger. >> we used to love you. we don't like you anymore. >> let's get a check of the top stories from jenna wolf. >> good morning to you. we begin with a surprise
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visit by secretary of state john kerry who is there to urge nuri al maliki to insure that flights are not carrying weapons to syria. secretary kerry was in jordan and swrurl where he talked with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu about the israeli-palestinian peace process. pope francis is taking part in his first palm sunday service. tens of thousands turned out in st. peters square to pray with the pope for the start of the holy week. he arrived in an uncovered car and then preside over the mass from an altar on the steps of st. peter basilica. hug it out. there you go. police in london are investigating the death of a russian tycoon who was a fierce critic of president vladimir putin. chemical hazard police are searching boris's london home after he was found dead inside. the cause is still unknown. boris fled to britain in 2001 after having a falling out with
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putin who was granted political asylum there two years ago. the bodies of two sky divers who went missing after a jump have been found in florida. crews started searching for them when everyone else they jumped with landed safely, but they were nowhere to be found. investigators are looking into the possibility that their parachutes malfunctioned. what happens when gps doesn't like you? this happens. in glendale, california, a car wound up on top of a house. officials say the driver lost control and drove off an embankment. calculating route. neighbors rushed over with a ladder to help get him down. he was not hurt. when possible, make a legal u-turn. don't you want to do the whole -- if you have ever driven hertz, you get the whole thing. it was lights out for the seventh annual earth hour. for one hour 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. households and businesses turned off nonessential lights as part of a worldwide effort to protest
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against climated change. like a child i was sleeping by 8:30, so i like to think that i contributed as well. >> that makes two of us. finally, my quest to remain dead last in every march madness pool continues this morning after another big upset last night. gonzaga fell to ninth seed wichita state. they came back from behind in this second half. this action is riveting. making gonzaga the first seed of the tournament to be knocked out. they now head to sweet 16. i don't know what to say. i will tell you that i actually put a mild amount of effort into this year's bracket, and i have -- >> that's the problem. >> i was given back nothing. >> i thought your nephew did all the work. >> i was with him. my 3-year-old nephew max made all the picks. >> at least these are the games that we all love to bauch. it makes for good basketball.
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>> you didn't win the lottery, and i'm want going to win a penny from my pool. >> dillon is back. she has had time to rethink her forecast. >> are you going to be nice now? >> i'll be nice. >> i'm getting some flack over this forecast thing. who wants to talk about this much snow at this time of the year? a foot of snow in indianapolis. i mean, it is just getting ridiculous at this point, but this is a massive snowstorm. it's going to continue to affect the midwest and move into ohio and west virginia. we are going to see snow here tomorrow in new york city. about one to three inches of snow possible. this storm is affecting a good chunk of the country. it brait brought eight inches of snow to denver. the west coast looks okay. we'll see temperatures in the 50s in southern florida. looks nice too. should get up to 86 degrees, a off to a little bit of a cool start around the bay area. clear san francisco where it's 44 degrees. 30s and low 40s across the north
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bay. we will see high clouds at times today. no worries about rain yet. that may change as we go through the week. hour by hour for your temperatures, by lunchtime everyone pretty much in the 60s. should see low to mid-70s around the trivalley today and areas south of san jose. a few extra clouds tomorrow and tuesday. few showers wednesday. best chance of rain late friday into saturday. like it or not, lester, that's your latest forecast. >> not blaming the messenger anymore. thanks. president obama is back at the bhous this morning after a high profile trip to the middle east meant to build up his credential there's? david gregory moderator of "meet the press." >> does this represent a new engagement by the president in the middle east peace process? >> i think the president is signalling that he wants to use political capital to get a middle east peace process up again. he was accepteding a strong message to israel and the region that he stands shoulder to shoulder with the netanyahu government.
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they've not always had a great relationship, but that relationship is very strong country to country, no matter who the leader is, and it's particularly important because of the issue of iran and syria. no doubt, the obama white house will have to be dealing with. >> he is back wanting to deal with domestic issues including gun control. after sandy hook we all understood there was a narrow window to get change, meaningful change in terms of gun laws. what has happened now in terms of the assault weapons ban, and where all this goes? >> well, the question is whether the moment is effectively lost. i think that's a real question inside the white house among democrats and gun control supporters. the assault weapons ban will get a vote, but it's not going to pass. the big focus is on background checks, and the big political focus is not going away. i sat down with new york city mayor michael bloomberg who talked about his own big push to spend money to target lawmakers. he has taken names based on how they vote on the assault weapons ban. >> i think i have a responsibility, and i think you and all of your viewers have responsibilities to try to make
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this country safer for our families and for each other. we've spent $12 million on running ads in ten states around the country explaining to the public what the issues are and how and urging them to call their senators if they believe we should have gun checks that stop criminals and people with mental illnesses from getting guns. >> he made it very clear, the mayor, that he wants to be a counter weight to the national rifle association. we'll hear from wayne la pierre on the program to react to that. >> all right. david gregory, thanks very much. we'll get a preview of "meet the press" a little later on. this could be a big day for tiger woods. his golf game and his marriage fell apart after he admitted cheating on his wife. he just might gain the title of best golfer in the world later today, and he is in a new relationship. >> do you think there's a connection? >> there could be. >> have your lives gotten better since you both got married? >> yes. >> yes. >> there you go. experts say all woods has to do is play like his old self.
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he hasn't been ranked number one in two years, but that could change today. >> tiger looking for the number one ranking. >> reporter: tiger woods has once again set his sights on a familiar spot. the top. at 37 woods has captured 76 pga tour victories and is just a few away from being back at number one. >> tiger woods is currently ranked number two in the world. there's obviously a tremendous amount of pressure for him to get back to the coveted number one spot. assuming he wins, arnold palmer, he would be number one. >> reporter: tiger is in the lead going into today's arnold palmer invitational. 11 strokes under par after saturday's strong one run. >> i played halfway decent today, and a lot of good shots, and i made a few puts. >> reporter: the last time tiger held a number one spot was in october 2010 shortly after he admitted to several affairs. >> i am deeply sorry. >> reporter: and during a very public break-up from then wife
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elan. last week he told the world he is back in a healthy relationship by posting pictures of himself with new girlfriend olympic skier lindsey vaughn. >> we want to limit the stalker-atsi and all those sleazy web sites that are out there. >> reporter: he is also in a healthy place on the court. a win in the last round of today's tournament would mark a major comeback. >> this would be a real opportunity for him to come full circle in his career. tiger woods, should he win the masters, will have 15 majors. jack nicklaus has the coveted 18. that's really the only thing he has not accomplished in this sport. >> reporter: full circle for woods, and not a bad place to be in going into next month's masters tournament. >> a couple of things woods hasn't won the masters since 2005. he hasn't won a major since 2008. that may change if he goz a winning streak starting today. guys. >> thanks. >> you can watch tiger woods go for number one on the world at
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the arnold palmer invitational later today at 2:30 eastern, 11:30 pacific here on nbc. wanted to pause before i said that. >> very dramatic. really good information. thank you very much. up next, gwyneth paltrow pushing fashion essentials that cost nearly a half a million dollars. after this. to fight chronic osteoarthritis pain. to fight chronic low back pain. to take action. to take the next step. today, you will know you did something for your pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a pain reliever fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not for children under 18. people taking maois, linezolid or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta.
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the tab for this head-to-toe outfit, from ipad case to red leather jacket, $4,000. >> by showing a $7,000 cuff or a $6,000 clutch so that can you use to walk the kids to school, maybe somehow she thinks that's inspirational. but i think most women would just find it depressing. >> reporter: actress jessica alba, who is promoting her own look and lifestyle tips wasn't impressed either, describing her venture like goop but for you and me. >> i'm not surprised jessica alba has spoken out about the difference between herself and gwyneth paltrow. she says she didn't grow up with a lot of money, and, therefore, she feels more in touch with regular women. >> reporter: whether in or out of touch, it looks like the celebrity mom showdown between the must-haves and the have-notes is just getting started. for "today," michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. still ahead on "today," could amanda knox go back on
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good morning. looking live at a very pretty start to the day in san francisco. just a little bit of haze there in the distance. what does this mean for today? let's find out. a forecast that hopefully is nice through the weekend. >> yeah. it looks pretty good. in fact, if you're going to find the warmest day of the next seven days it's coming today which is pretty nice. despite the fact it's a little chilly in the north bay, upper 30s around fairfield. high clouds drifting by. patches of low clouds possible at times especially on the coast for the afternoon. you'll see temperatures once we get out of the low clouds, mostly sunny skies except along the immediate coastline. temperatures today in the trivalley area south of san jose briefly in the low to mid-70s. mid-60s elsewhere. wednesday chance of showers. best chance of rain comes in as we head towards friday and next weekend temperatures cooling down as well. >> thank you very much, rob. new this morning all lanes of interstate 580 in oakland are once again open after a man was hit and killed on the freeway
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overnight. chp says the man was hit by a car on eastbound 580 near duten avenue in oakland just before 12:30 this morning. the three right lanes were blocked for hours while investigators were on the scene trying to figure out how the man ended up on the freeway. investigators say he may have been trying to run across lanes or perhaps may have fallen from a nearby overpass. new this morning on -- new detail on a deadly murder suicide at quantico training base in virginia earlier this week. two of the marines who were killed including the alleged gunman were from the bay area. the suspected gunman, 25-year-old sergeant lopez is from pacifica. a highly decorated marine who served in iraq and afghanistan before becoming a trainer at quantico. the female victim is 19-year-old lance corporal sarah castermata. she is from oakley and was promoted to lance corporal just last month.
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sergeant lopez also killed corporal jacob woolly in mississippi. nbc news has learned the three were involved in a long triangle. all worked at the officer candidate school. the mayhem continues this morning for the suspect wanted for stabbing a woman to death in broad daylight in san jose. investigators say 25-year-old juan ramirez killed a san jose mother on friday. allegedly the crime happened in the parking lot of the woman's apartment complex right across the street from the sheriff's department. ramirez had allegedly been stalking 29-year-old sandra cruz gonzalez for two years and she has an active restraining order against him. >> she was doing all of the right things. she was contacting the police department. she was reporting these criming. she was pulling out restraining orders trying to protect herself from this individual. it's very unfortunate this happened. because it appeared that she was doing everything she could do to avoid it. >> investigators say ramirez may be headed to mexico, possibly driving a dark green 1996 pickup truck, a toyota one like the one you see here on your screen.
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coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay" the supreme court takes up the issue of same-sex marriage in just two days. this morning we hear from san francisco's archbishop on why he's opposed and why he fills misunderstood by gay marriage supporters. that and all the day's news coming up for you in 30 minutes.
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welcome back on this sunday morning, march 24th, 2013. we have a big crowd -- >> yeah. >> -- mostly young people. i'm thinking spring is here. >> i think you may have found it. >> great trip. great to have them here. i hope they didn't come for the warm weather. >> you don't go to new york for spring break for the warm weather. >> this is new york, exactly. >> you can go skating at rockefeller plaza. and it will still be good weather for you. >> yeah. anyway, outside, i'm lester holt along with erica hill, jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. ahead, we'll talk about amanda knox. about a year and a half ago she was acquitted. the italian prosecutors aren't done yet. they have one more shot to get her back in a courtroom. we'll tell but that and the risk that she could be not finished with all of this. >> exactly. we'll update you on a story we brought you a few weeks ago that so many people responded to. it was the story of this homeless man, billy ray harris, who returned that engagement ring, accidentally dropped in his change cup. we'll talk about a life-altering moment for him.
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he is with us this morning, as well as the couple who are most closely associated with that ring. they'll talk about how things have been since that day. and now, our digital lifestyle contributor mario armstrong is here with all of the latest tech topics, and this time we are looking at the march madness games. if you want to see your bracket, he has a way to keep you up to date with those brackets. jenna, that is something you want to do. >> i'm done. my bracket caput. and i'll talk about a strong bond between dogs. i didn't know they become so bonded together. look. one is blind and the other acts as a guide. the way they care for each other. it's such a great story. this will definitely bring a smile. >> you can watch the pictures all day. very neat. >> yes. before we get to that, dylan, how about another check of the forecast? >> somewhere it feels like spring. >> yes. just not here. >> just not here. it's down in the southeast. it comes with springtime thunderstorms, too. actually, some severe weather is
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possible down in the southeast in that area in red, across mainly northern florida and georgia. hail is going to be a big issue. we have reports of hail yesterday in texas, the size of baseballs. imagine that coming down from the sky. so there is a threat of some of that today. you can see the tornado watch across parts of the panhandle into georgia. that is in effect until about 10:00 this morning. heavy rain is falling all through the carolinas and the rain is going to continue to come down heavy at times today. with the threat of, again, that hail. an isolated tornado is possible, too. other than that, it's all about the snow. a foot of snow is possible across parts of indianapolis, and that will spread eastward as we go into monday. so the snow across pennsylvania and virginia, that's not going to move in until much later on tonight. and then, we will see perhaps one to three inches of snow in the new york city area on monday, lighter snow showers, and cold weather surges into the northern plains. we should be close to 60 degrees in northwestern or
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here's a pretty view from san jose this morning. mainly clear skies. temperatures close to 45 in san jose but 30s to low 40s across the north bay. by the afternoon everybody at least in the mid-60s around the inner bay. close to 70 in fremont and san jose. low to mid-70s inland around the trivalley for the afternoon. stronger sea breeze leads to a bit of cooling tomorrow. into tuesday chance of showers reappearing by the middle part of the week. and erica just found out all of the kids are from tennessee. that's your latest forecast. >> all right, dylan, thanks. amanda knox has been back in the united states for more than a year now after an italian court overturned her murder conviction in the death of her roommate. her legal drama overseas, though, may not be over. here's more now from duncan. >> reporter: tomorrow, amanda knox will find out if she must once again sit in an italian courtroom or whether her long-running case is finally closed for good.
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it's more than a year and a half since the 25-year-old was able to return home a free woman. >> i'm really overwhelmed right now. >> reporter: after four years in prison, she and boyfriend raffaele sollecito had their convictions overturned. but now, italian's highest court is set to decide if their conviction should be overturned. >> the prosecutors obviously are upset with the acquittal, and they're going to the supreme court to have it reviewed to say the appellate court got it wrong and that the guilty charge in the trial court was correct and that should stand. >> reporter: knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering meredith kercher at the hillside villa the two women shared. prosecutors claimed knox killed the student in an attack fuelled by sex, drink, drugs and
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jealousy. but her defense says the police bungled the investigation. >> i don't think the verdict is going to be overturned, only based on the fact it was a 100-page report and a lot of the problems was with the dna, and that is something that obviously can't be reversed once you mess up in a dna case, obviously, there's nothing a new trial can do. that evidence will remain the same. >> reporter: unlike the media circus that accompanied the first two trials, tomorrow's ruling will happen behind closed doors. neither knox for sollecito is likely to attend, but both will be waiting to hear if the courtroom drama is finally over. now, here's lester. >> erica, thanks. social media is abuzz this morning over the latest uproar involving charges of sexism and the tech industry. the latest brouhaha involves a female developer fired for tweeting a picture of two men making jokes at a tech conference.
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amny has the story. >> reporter: when amy richards overheard two men trading what she thought were sexually offensive jokes at a tech conference, she decided to tweet this picture, writing, not cool. jokes about forking repos in a sexual way and big dongles right behind me. conference officials saw her tweet and addressed the situation. one of the men was later fired and apologized. but it was too late. the incident quickly sparked a heated debate on social media, and before she knew it, richards was fired from her job. richards' former boss, sendgrid ceo jim franklin wrote on the company's blog that richards was fired because, quote, her responsibility was to build and strengthen our developer community across the globe. it's become obvious that her actions have strongly divided the same community she was supposed to unite. legal experts say social media makes cases like this new territory. >> if the courts find that she
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went over the line and was not reasonable in her reporting, where you put it out to the whole world that this is happening, with pictures no less, and now she can't do her job properly, you know, there is a viable defense there. >> reporter: richards could not be reached for comment, but recently e-mailed a blogger that she's, quote, staying safe. >> it did exactly what it was supposed to do. it helped her get heard. >> reporter: a point that started a debate and came with consequences. for "today," amna navaz, nbc news. up next, a man's act of kindness makes a big difference in his life. we'll talk about the generosity he's received. ♪ na na na na na ♪ i woke up to a new day ♪ every little thing gonna go my way ♪ ♪ i woke up to a light bulb on ♪ every little thing is possible now ♪
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♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] nothing gets you going quite like 8 grams of whole grains in quaker chewy bars. today is going to be epic. quaker up. last month, we brought you the story of billy ray harris, homeless man in missouri, who found and returned a diamond engagement ring. he's here with us this morning along with the grateful couple. we'll talk to them in just a moment. first, we want to take a look at how that small gesture has made a really important difference in so many lives, including his. billy ray harris' life is now on the upswing, ever since sarah darling accidentally dropped her engagement ring in his change cup nearly two months ago. >> i didn't really look. i was walking by and kind of went, like, that. >> reporter: after discovering the ring, billy ray took it to a local jeweller. >> i had it fit, the guy told
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me. it was really worth some money. enough that he was ready to give me four grand on the spot. >> reporter: though he admits he considered taking the money, he held onto the ring, waiting for sarah to return, and a couple of days later, she did. it was such a feeling of loss when it was gone. and so, i'm just so eternally grateful to you. so grateful that sarah and her husband, bill, set up a fund for billy ray, as his story made national head lines. >> a valuable ring -- >> her engagement ring. >> homeless missouri man. >> he immediately returned the ring. >> reporter: the money poured in. with over 8,000 people donating more than $183,000 so far. >> i think it's mazing. i appreciate it. i'd like to thank all the people. >> reporter: best of all, reuniting with his family after 16 years. >> i got on the computer one morning, and i knew it was my brother as soon as i seen the picture. >> reporter: billy's youngest sister robin lived nearly 500
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miles away in texas, but eventually tracked him down. >> and we cried on the phone and stuff, and was talking about how happy we was we found each other, because he said he was worried about me, too. he had been gone so long. >> reporter: now, billy is in touch with his family almost daily and can't wait to see them again. >> they're actually thinking about having a family reunion. i can't wait. i got happy feet. >> and we're happy to be joined this morning by sarah darling, her husband bill krejci and billy ray. nice to see you this morning. this has really become such a story across the country. and you two, bill and billy ray, you have developed a friendship out of this. >> yes. >> absolutely. >> we've been to hockey games. we're going to the movies, but we missed out. we've been doing a lot of hanging out. >> yeah, including last night. >> including last night. what's it like for you? >> it's been really cool. when i first met him, the first time we even chatted was when we
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went to go get the ring. and i kind of knew immediately that he was just somebody that worked on the same wavelength as me and i was looking forward -- man, i'll be able to go chat with him, we know each other's names. >> you're definitely connected for a long time at this point. >> right. >> and this fund you set up, we checked it before we came to this segment. we're now at almost $184,000. people are still giving. probably not what you imagined in terms of a number. >> no. i mean, we set it up because a lot of people who had been touched by the story had expressed interest in helping billy ray. we set the goal for $1,000. i was hoping to achieve maybe $4,000, because that's what he was offered on the spot for the ring. and we had no idea. >> yeah. >> no idea. >> and i know that's obviously a nice by-product of all of this, billy ray. the biggest thing for you, obviously, your family. you just saw your sister robin there. if they're watching this morning, anything you'd like to say? >> i'd like to say hello, sis. the rest of my family. they can all see that i'm fine
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now. >> mm-hmm. >> i'm glad we've all got in touch with each other. hectic for a while. i was really worried about them, they were worried about me. so many stories going around down in texas that i was, like, dead, or in arkansas, and nobody knew anything. >> yes. >> my little sister -- my little sister actually had me on craigslist looking for me. >> and now, here you are. we know you're going to have a reunion this summer, but why wait? so robin is here. >> you're kidding. >> it's not just robin here. your brother edwin, sister nellie, sister e.j. all here. >> oh, my. >> oh. [ cries ] >> i just talked to her -- >> she's sneaky. >> hey, brother. >> we've been keeping you all apart this morning, and it's been tough. >> oh. >> nellie. and e.j.'s here, too. >> hey, baby! >> this is so great.
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oh. >> so i know you're all taking this in. >> oh, yes. >> you have a lot of catching up to do. edwin, you have a son who billy ray hasn't even met yet in. >> right. that's right. >> how old now? >> he's -- >> and you have nieces and nephews. >> yeah, this is a really big surprise. >> yes. >> i'm in shock. >> robin, will you still have the reunion this summer? >> yes. >> yes? >> mm-hmm. >> what does this mean, robin, to bring your family back together? >> it's great. it means the world. >> -- after years, we didn't know whether you were alive, whatever. >> nellie, when you first got the news, what did you think? >> i was excited. >> yes. >> my sister called me, told me, and it was -- because she said, he's -- because she does the computer thing. i don't. she was on the computer and looking for him all this time,
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and when she told me she found him, it was, like, what? good news. good news. >> good news for a great family. >> yes, good news. >> a reminder for all of us what a payoff is for a good deed. >> absolutely. this is a big payoff. >> and we can point out, too, you are not homeless anymore. >> no. >> you have a home. >> that's right. >> you're working. you found your family again. you have new friends. >> yes, definitely. >> yeah. >> got it all right now. >> when you see those pictures of yourself just a few weeks ago, it must be tough to even process where you were then and where you are now, sitting here on this coucher surrounded by the people -- >> i never would have thought this. this is total shock. absolutely. >> well, thank you all for sharing your story with us. >> thank you. >> let us know how the family reunion goes. >> absolutely. i think we've already started. >> i think it did. you've got a lot of catching up to do. we'll let you do that now. thank you again for letting us be a part of the reunion.
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this morning, it's time to talk tech with mario's top three. today's digital lifestyle contributor, mario armstrong, has rounded up the biggest stories of the week in the world of gadgets, apps, and social media. mario, good morning. >> good morning. >> quickly show the socks. very socks. very cool. let's move on. march madness -- >> yes. >> -- you can't always sit in front of your tv. >> no. >> you want to check your bracket, you have great ways to do it. >> there's an app that's free,
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march madness live, so you can watch the games live on your phone or tablet anywhere. be wary of people at the office talking about, i'm taking an extended bathroom break, right? get them back in the office, they're probably watching the game. so that's big. you can also see how your bracket is doing, how your selections are going on the app as well. you can get the schedules for the games and also what networks the games are showing on. and if you missed a game, you can watch video highlights of the game. >> so if you're sitting in a boring class, you can -- >> class, the office. look, you still have the computer. people will be on their desktop. you know about the boss button, right? >> oh, yeah, you click that and it goes back to work. >> the screen shot. you're watching the game at work on your desk top. the circle is where the boss button is. and pops up on the screen, i'm working on an e-mail, boss. >> very cool. now that we're suggesting you do any of this. go back to work, everybody. if you wanted to -- >> worker productivity is down. >> i want to talk about this thing, groupon, really offered a
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pretty cool deal for coffee, but they've been overwhelmed by it. >> yes, they have. they sold 100,000 coupons basically of this deal. and it basically brought the whole groupon site down. i guess a bunch of people were excited about getting coffee half hour. a $10 voucher for five bucks. i love my decaf soy macchiatto, too. but it beats the coupons for 60% off. but this beat it. it shut the site down. >> and google street view. i use it when i'm trying to find the name of a street. but now they're taking you out in the wilderness. >> they are. they've been doing things like the grand canyon and others, but what's been popping up is some of the beautiful mountains we like to see. things like mount everett. they take a guy from google, goes out with a camera, tripod, a fish-eye lens and this is the base camp at mount everett. and then mount kilimanjaro is
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also something that they've started to street view maps. this is great for getting kids -- i think teachers can use this as a really good educational tool in the classroom, to take kids to places that you normally can't get to. >> obviously, not their car with the fancy camera. a little backpack. >> right. and they didn't walk the whole mountain. they didn't do every single piece of the mountain. it's not every footstep, but more than we've had before. >> all right. back to your basketball game. we know you've been watching the whole time. >> i'd rather get back to the basketball game than you singing the boyz ii men lyrics. >> another story. my talent appearance. mario, thanks for reminding everybody. we're back with the story of one dog's see -- seeing one dog's seeing-eye dog. you get it, right? after these messages. [ lane ] are you growing old
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♪ lean on me dogs are described as man's best friend, but their love isn't just for humans. we met a couple of canines that seem to have an unbreakable bond. >> reporter: hard to believe, but eddie, the black labrador, loving the water is completely blind.
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swimming is his thing, as you can see, by our camera attached to his collar. when he's had enough, there's one big problem, he can't see where to get out, crashing into a rock and falling back into the water. luckily, help is at hand. his best friend, milo, is on the bank to guide him. >> he looks like he wants to get out, and milo will run about and stand in the places where he can come out. >> reporter: i joined eddie and milo and their owner angie on a rather wet walk in wells, to see how milo works as eddie's eyes. eddie went blind last year at just six years old. he wears this mask to protect his eyes from the things he bumped into. ouch. >> trees, people. he just tends to walk into virtually everything. >> reporter: little milo keeps an eye out for his big brother, guiding them as they play. but how when milo wanders off,
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eddie walks straight into a tree. but last december, perky little milo was struck down by a rare blood disorder. >> milo was very, very paulie, extremely lethargic and very pale. >> reporter: it was distressing for angie. >> we were distraught to find out how ill he was. >> reporter: without his buddy, he was lost. >> jumping off the wrong side of the bed. >> reporter: thankfully, a blood transfusion saved milo's life. >> he could have died. but even with the bld transfusion, there are risks involved. if we didn't transfuse the blood, then milo wouldn't be here now. >> he's a little hero. >> reporter: milo still recovering is back to watching over eddie, but this devoted duo do more than just look after each other. they've helped dozens of children, like chris, being fostered by angie. he spent four years with her and her dogs. >> when you feel stressed or upset or anything, the dogs --
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they comfort you. it helps. >> reporter: and he says the dogs are a therapy for the kids she takes in, showing them affection can help the children heal. a dog's seeing-eye dog, who survived against the odds, helping his buddy and others stay on track. for "today," anna bell roberts, nbc news, wales. >> okay, just mop us all up. >> i know. >> that was the sweetest thing. >> it was really nice. >> did i say doggone? >> you didn't. you didn't mean to, did you? >> no. let's check in with david gregory for "meet the press." >> coming up, a big debate in the gun debate. what will congress do? how will this debate figure in the midterm races? exclusive interviews with the mayor of new york city michael bloomberg and nra executive vice president wayne lapierre, all coming up on the program. >> david, we'll see you soon. thanks. that'll do it for us this sunday morning. thanks for watching.
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>> i'll see you back here tonight for "nbc nightly news." until then, have a great day. so long.
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on "today in the bay" the bay area connection to this week's killings at a virginia marine base. the shooter and one of his victims are local. the man hunt continues this morning for this man who's accused of stabbing a woman to death in broad daylight. the latest on the search and where he may be headed. plus, a t supreme court takes up the issue of same-sex marriage in just two days. this morning we hear from san francisco's archbishop on why he's a posed and why he says he feels misunderstood by gay marriage supporters. "today in the bay" starts right now. good morning to you. looking live at a beautiful start to the day. bay bridge there in the distance. it's dark now. no bay lights until later tonight. thanks so much for joining us. a forecast that is perfect for the rest of the weekend. though maybe a little bit of rain entering into midweek. >> seven-day forecast we're going to see some changes. if you're just watching the "today" show you hear all the
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stories about snow around parts of the country. pretty nice to wake up to dry conditions but a little chilly. 30s around the north bay. fairfield, clear skies. dry air has moved in. a cool start to the morning. partly cloudy skies moving into the afternoon with low clouds approaching the coast. now as we show you the temperatures here hour by hour as we approach just after lunchtime, we should be mostly in the mid-60s around then. by 3:00 and 4:00 low to mid-70s. i think we'll manage that briefly around the trivalley and areas south of san jose down towards morgan hill. want to show you the satellite view quickly. as you widen out you can see we have moisture off the coast that will spill our way as we head towards the middle part of the week which will bring us a chance of seeing some rain. we'll talk more about those changes ahead and maybe a soggy weekend for next weekend. we'll show you that in the seven-day forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> easter weekend. all right. new this morning all lane of interstate 580 in oakland are once again open after a man was hit and killed right on the freeway overnight. the chp says